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8th Grade West Hartford Magic Capture Holiday Tournament

8th Grade Magic. Submitted photo

The West Hartford Magic 8th grade girls travel basketball team won the Nutmeg State Games Holiday Tournament at Wesleyan.


The 8th grade West Hartford Magic captured the Championship of the Nutmeg State Games Holiday Tournament at Wesleyan University.

The girls defeated East Haven 41-25, before taking a 37-34 loss to St. Mark’s – Stratford. The loss to St. Mark’s was the first loss to age-appropriate competition the girls have suffered in the last four years.

Based on a points system, the girls moved on to the semi-final round where they defeated fellow Connecticut Girls Basketball League (CGBL) member member Berlin, 28-7.

In the final, the Magic faced off against Newington, another CGBL member, and came out with the win, 35-20.

Carys Baker was named Tournament MVP.

Pictured above are (front row, from left): Emma Keller, Mackenzie Mandyck, Carys Baker, Bridget Toulikangas, Grace Beazoglou. Second row (from left): Head Coach Ed Connors, Assistant Coach Maura Rodgers, Nicole Deslauriers, Emilia Santiago, Gen Nelson, Assistant Coach Kevin Roche.
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